Greenville grad continues baseball career with Grand Lake Mariners

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

July 13, 2014

CELINA — Greenville alumnus Jacob Burk is continuing his baseball career this summer as a member of the Grand Lake Mariners, a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League team in Celina.

Burk, a 2012 graduate of Greenville High School, plays collegiate baseball during the spring for Wright State University. Now during the summer he’s playing in the nine-team wood bat league that includes teams across the state.

“The season has been going alright,” Burk said after his start Wednesday night. “I’ve had good stuff most of the summer. Been living a little bit different with the change-up ball, lower seams. But for the most part it’s been alright. Got good run support all year.”

For the season Burk has made six appearances for the Mariners including four starts. In 22 innings on the mound he has allowed 22 hits, eight walks and struck out 15 batters. He has a 1-2 record and a 4.09 ERA.

The Greenville grad got roughed up a little in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Lexington Hustlers, exiting after allowing four runs in the first three innings. But the Mariners came back to win 7-5, giving them a sweep of the Hustlers and giving Burk a no-decision for the game.

“Didn’t have very good stuff, wasn’t really hitting very many spots,” Burk said. “But the bullpen did a good job, came in behind me. Our hitters really hit well tonight and put up seven runs and finished out a win. That’s the most important thing.”

This past spring Burk played for Wright State, where he transferred to after starting his collegiate career at the Wright State Lake Campus in Celina. He made 15 appearances out of the Raiders’ bullpen, allowing 28 hits, 10 walks and striking out 14 in 15.2 innings. He had an 0-2 record and an 8.62 ERA.

“Got some good innings and some good experience,” Burk said of his sophomore season. “Played against some of the top teams in the country, Oregon State and Cal Irvine. Great experience. I couldn’t ask for much more out of the spring.”

Overall Burk said he’s enjoyed continuing his baseball career in college and now in the summer league.

“It’s been good, being close to home and living at home,” Burk said of his summer thus far. “It’s been pretty nice. Just a short drive away and working and making some money at the same time before I head back to school in the fall so it’s been nice.”

The Mariners’ regular season continues through July 26 with the league playoffs set to run from July 28 through Aug. 4.

For more information on the Mariners including a complete schedule and stats, visit the team’s website at www.grandlakemariners.com.